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Memories of Christmas
Posted In: League City News Posted by Pam Moore on 12/24/2012


By Pam Moore for Brockway Realty

From "League City - A History from Its Beginning to 1912", compiled by Judy Warco, Chairman, League City Historical Committee, Printed 1982.

"The following is an excerpt from an oral history given by Miss Norma Dick, a complete transcript of her oral history is on file at the League City Public Library"

"CHRISTMAS: We had lovely Christmases. You see, we had a fireplace. We'd always go on Christmas Eve to the church - that was the thing and in those days, like I said, there wasn't too much money. My father would buy those big kegs of hard candy. He would get apples and oranges and people like Grandpa Butler and Mr. Schenk and different ones pitched in and paid for it all. The church didn't have that money. We had a great big Christmas tree from the woods at the church and everybody that visited the program would get a little bag of candy and some apples and oranges.

Of course, when we came home, Santa Claus had been here at our house and we'd get our toys. We always had a big Christmas with lots of friends; my mother said that when she moved into this house, she baked 25 cakes for the Christmas season because the Court from Galveston came through. We had coffee and cake all through the week for court sessions and all of my father's friends and senators - he had a lot of political friends - would come. We had turkey and dressing and hams and my mother made lemon-jelly cake, chocolate layer cake, and a coconut cake. She would toast the coconut that she put on it and it tasted like nuts. I could never forget - I don't like coconut - but I could never forget that."

Miss Norma Dick was born November 1900, died November 1983. Her father T.J. Dick was a north county rancher and a county commissioner. The home Miss Norma mentions was built in 1904, and is located in what is now the heart of League City's Historic District.

This memory from the past reminds me of growing up in the Midwest and my Christmases past: church service, hard candy, big lunch with one side of the family and dinner with the other side, cutting down our own tree to decorate, and my grandparents giving us oranges. One memory that remains clear (to me) is waiting at the top of the stairs with my 4 siblings; waiting for the "word" from our parents telling us we could come downstairs to see if Santa came!

I wish every reader a fun, safe holiday; make new memories -Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2013!



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